15 May 2018

A New Generation for the Construction Industry

Build UK and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new work experience guide for the construction industry, designed to make it as easy as possible for companies to provide work experience placements that provide a stepping stone into longer term work or training – building on the excellent work many are already doing.

With almost a fifth of those working in construction aged over 55, and ambitious Government programmes in infrastructure and housing underway, boosting construction recruitment is crucial.

Advice on tailoring placements for school age students, interns and career changers, as well as examples of good practice in the industry are all included in the guide, which has been produced in collaboration with Class of Your Own.

The Minister for Employment launched the guide at Wates’ site in Wembley, with members of the industry showing their support.

Minister for Employment Alok Sharma said:

“Construction is a hugely important sector adding £138 billion a year to the economy and employing 3.1 million people.

“It’s an industry full of opportunity for a new generation – but they have to know about it and be excited about a career there if they are to make the most of what it has to offer.

“That’s exactly where work experience comes in, providing a stepping stone into the industry and a launch pad for the new generation.”

Suzannah Nichol MBE Chief Executive of Build UK, started out on a work experience placement:

“I am testament to the fact that work experience really can make a difference and it is up to each and every one of us to hold out our hand to the next generation of construction workers and show them just what they can achieve if they come and join us.

“The guidance we have published should give employers across the industry, both small and large, the information and confidence to offer more people valuable work experience and the opportunity to fall in love with a career in construction.”

Industry leader James Wates CBE of Wates said:

“Construction is in a War for Talent, and offering work experience is a great way to actively reach out to those looking to launch their careers, or those looking to make a career change, and show them what an exciting and important industry we work in.”

To view the work experience guide, click here.